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Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Heavy Flooding and High Winds has Caused Damage in Macon County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance. The following types of restoration measures may be eligible: Removing debris from farmland; grading, shaping, or re-leveling severely damaged farmland; restoring permanent fences; restoring conservation structures and other similar installations. Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the local FSA Office and report damage to determine eligibility. Call (828)524-3175 ext. 2 or (828)488-2684 or visit the office at 189 Thomas Heights Rd., Franklin, Monday thru Wednesday for assistance.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, now offers two support groups. One group meets every Thursday, 7 and 8:15 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Rd. This is a combination peer group for both individuals living with a mental illness and/or family and friends of a person with a mental illness.For more information, call Donita (828)526-9510. A second support group, the Family/Caregivers group meets at the same location monthly on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 and 8 p.m. This group is designed for family members/friends of someone living with a mental illness. For more information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

AARP Taxaide is offering free Tax Assistance and Preparation for Taxpayers with low and moderate income of all ages with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers will be available from Feb. 12 through April 5, Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only at the Macon County Public LIbrary. Call (828)524-3600 for an appointment.

Macon County Cancer Support Group meetings have been cancelled for January and February. Meetings will resume in March.

Angel Medical Center (AMC) for the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” Program will be held Thursdays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 14, in the AMC Dining Room. This is a six-week series. Pre-registration is required. For more information, cost and to pre-register, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview Street, Franklin. The topic will be Lung Cancer and Radon. Guest speaker will be Sherrie Peeler, Agent with Family and Consumer Science at the Jackson County Extension Center. There will be light refreshments and free gifts. Everyone is welcome.

High Mountain Squares Winter Dance will be held on Friday night, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Macon County Community Building, Georgia Road (441 South) in Franklin. Jim Duncan from Otto, will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancer lessons have just begun, join us. Everyone is welcome. For information call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or visit

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Cowee School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

Franklin’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. The church is located at 66 Harrison Avenue, just off West Main Street in downtown Franklin. The program will feature an address by Selma V. Sparks; special music by vocalist Ericka Washington, piper Michael Waters, organist Mary Pittman, and the Caynon-Contino Duo C-Square; and a reading by Rev. Mozart Moliere of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Refreshments will be served in the Church’s Memorial Hall following the program. Contact the Arts Council of Macon County for more information, (828)524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Holly Springs Community Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. at the community building, located at 2720 Cat Creek Rd. Robert Shook from the Macon County Historical Museum will be the guest speaker. Bring two non-perishable food items to be be donated to a local food pantry.

Jackson County NAACP invites the public to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Gratitude at Sylva’s Bridge Park Monday, Jan. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. , to share a meal, sing, and speak. For bad weather, check the website at

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. at the Macon County Extension Office on Thomas Heights Rd. For more information, call (828)369-3916.

Angel Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Services Two day Diabetes Management Class will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class includes information on meal planning, medication usage, sick-day care, stress management and other topics. The class is led by AMC Certified Diabetes Educators. Call Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166 for more information or to preregister.

Macon County Democratic Women will meet at the Frogtown Market on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 1 p.m. All registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters are invited to attend.

Macon County Democratic Men’s Club Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library near Franklin. A panel will discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and racism today.

Otto Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., at the Otto Community Center, 60 Firehouse Rd., behind the Otto Fire Department. The program will feature a presentation by Pam Bower, Bi-Lo Floral Department, on flower arranging. Visitors are welcome.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Franklin, 69 Iotla St.

A Free Hot Lunch will be served at First Assembly of God Church on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 12 to1p.m. The church is located at 1150 E. Main St. in Franklin. For more information, call (828)342-6311.

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